TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 1 - Morgan Rielly

Justin Fisher
September 13 2013 10:37AM

Name: Morgan Rielly
Position: Defence
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Size: 6’1", 205 lbs
2013 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 5th Overall in 2012

Morgan Rielly is The Leafs Nation’s 2013 Top Prospect. Well, obviously.

It’s really no surprise that Rielly, Toronto’s 5th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, took top billing – in fact, he received first place votes across the board. Rielly is the type of high-octane offensive defenceman that every NHL team covets, in the mould of a Kris Letang, Erik Karlsson or Keith Yandle.

Yes, I think he could be that good.

But no, I don’t think he should be in the NHL this year.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 3 - Frederik Gauthier

Justin Fisher
September 11 2013 10:35AM

Name: Frederik Gautheir
Position: Centre   
Hometown: Laval, Quebec
Size: 6’5", 214 lbs
2013 Team: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 21st Overall in 2013

(Photo: http://www.oceanic.qc.ca/)

Frederik Gauthier - the Toronto Maple Leafs' first round selection, 22nd overall in June's NHL Entry Draft - was the definition of a safe pick.

Gauthier put up solid numbers in his QMJHL rookie season, scoring 22 goals and 60 points in 62 games. Still, it seems like point production often takes a back seat to defensive play and face-off ability when talking about the 6'5 centre. 

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NHL 14 - Leafs Player Ratings

Justin Fisher
September 10 2013 04:40PM

Photo: EA Sports
I can't speak for all of you, but when I called in sick this morning, it was because I'm actually suffering from a cold. It wasn't because EA Sport's NHL 14 hit the shelves today - though, I still did manage to drag myself out of bed and pick it up.
 
Shut up.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 8 - Petter Granberg

Justin Fisher
September 04 2013 06:41AM

(Photo: sverigesradio.se)
 
Of all Toronto Maple Leafs prospects, Petter Granberg is likely the biggest riser. Amongst a prospect pool that is largely three or four years away (or more) from competing for an NHL roster spot, Granberg has emerged from the relative unknown to actually push for a job as early as this upcoming season.
 
Despite his quiet development, Granberg has accomplished quite a bit since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Besides appearing in 73 games for Skelleftea's men's team (with whom he won an Elitserien Championship), Granberg has an U18 World Junior Championships silver medal, a U20 World Junior Championships gold medal, and a World Championship gold medal. 

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 15 - Dominic Toninato

Justin Fisher
August 26 2013 08:06AM

Dominic Toninato with Duluth East High School (Photo: wwwmnhockeyprospects.com )
 
Name: Dominic Toninato
Position: Centre
Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Size: 6'1, 180lbs
2013 Team: Fargo Force (USHL)
Acquired: Draft, 5th Round, 2012
 
It's inevitable that Dominic Toninato's progress will be closely tied to 2011 draft pick Tony Cameranesi's. Both were drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 5th round, both were selected out of Minnesota high schools, both spent a year in the USHL prior to starting their NCAA career, and both are now University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
 

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